We strategically placed Sol Mountain’s backcountry lodge right between treeline and alpine elevations so you can access prime BC backcountry skiing, no matter what the weather is doing.
Skiing options are all up to you: Come and explore our wide open tenure, find new lines and fresh descents, or spin mellow laps close to the lodge. Endless terrain, right out the door.
Choose from trip lengths of four to eight nights.
Contact Sabine by email or phone 250-674-3707 to book your trip to the lodge.EMAIL SABINE
Backcountry skiing is about way more than just the downhill run: Time on the uptrack is time well spent, of course: Clearing the lungs with fresh mountain air and recharging the mind.
The backcountry ritual goes like this: Crest a ridge or summit a peak after a hearty climb. Stomp out a transition zone, turn your back to the wind, layer on the jacket, pull off your skins and stash them, eat a snack, drink some water, soak in the view, and scope your line. Buckle your boots, click in, and let ‘er rip.
Sol Mountain’s deep snow and featured Monashee terrain is a playground for splitboarders. Pillows and drops, steep gullies, spaced old growth forests, peaks and open bowls add up to one great big backcountry snowboard park.
Splitboarders are best to book as a group of four or more so we can dedicate a guide for the group. This ensures your days at Sol Mountain are tailored to riding prime snowboard terrain.
If you have not tried backcountry skiing yet, we offer an introduction to backcountry skiing or snowboarding clinic at Silver Star Resort. Courses provide instruction and insight about gear, clothing and packing, and tips and techniques for efficient uphill ski touring. This course gets the basics behind you so you can make the most of your first trip to Sol Mountain. Please book directly with Denys Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 250.545.1375). The cost is $65 per person.
AST Level 1 or Level 2 courses are normally scheduled during December and January to get you set for the season in the backcountry. Or we can provide a course at any other time during the regular season for groups of 4 or more.
Classroom material is covered in the evenings, which allows us to devote full days to skiing, discussion of terrain and route finding, and decision making in avalanche terrain. Instructional materials and student handbooks are provided by the CAC and certificates are issued at course end.
Cost includes ACMG guiding and instruction, lodging, all course materials, and helicopter transfer to and from Sol Mountain. Click here for more information about Avalanche Skills Training Courses.
We also offer comprehensive backcountry skiing courses, available on any trip to groups of four or more people. Course content covers trip planning, terrain selection, navigation and route finding, and includes the Level 1 or Level 2 Avalanche Skills Training course syllabus developed by the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Instructional materials and student handbooks are provided by the CAC and certificates are issued at course end. Classroom sessions are covered in the evenings and emphasis is on terrain skills and full days of skiing. Click here for more information about Avalanche Skills Training Courses.
Our teen AST courses get teens out together to develop a safe respect for the backcountry environment. Building on the CAC AST curriculum we provide the opportunity for students to apply skills to the types of terrain that interests them. Focus is on understanding consequence of avalanche terrain and how to minimize risk. See our Winter Availability for scheduled Teen AST courses. We can also provide a course on any trip for a group of 4 or more. Teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sol Mountain is defined by the variety and feature-filled terrain, from widely-spaced old growth tree runs to epic wide-open alpine descents. The Monashee forests offer open glades for mellow cruising, and complex pillow lines for those who want steep with deep. Link a hundred turns in the alpine elevations or shoot down tight, treeline chutes. Exploration and adventure are part of the program at Sol Mountain and we are still discovering new lines each season.
The Monashees have long been famous for tree skiing. Sol Mountain is one of the reasons why. Naturally spaced, tall old growth spruce forests extend to valley bottom. Definitely the place to be on stormy days – and to find powder stashes long protected from sun and wind.
Sol Mountain terrain is buttressed by long ridges that are skiable from top to bottom. Skin along ridge tops and you will soon discover your line. Roll into a wide-open glade, or cut a few huge turns on a sparsely-treed roll. Maneuver through tight, crooked chutes, and stomp pillow lines. These ridges extend east-west for kilometers from the lodge.
When the Monashee storms subside, it’s always fun to get up in the alpine. We have six unique peaks to summit right from the lodge, some with open bowls others with challenging couloirs. Each is skiable right from the top and we can link a few together for an epic tour.
The featured Monashee terrain provides plenty of opportunites for adventure skiing. Powder choked chutes and pillow lines galore if that is your game. Let our guides show you their favourite zones.